Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
conference in washington, d.c. we'll have more on the nra in just a moment. right now i'm joined by tom kotz, kaley elkins, rich lucivella of "s.w.a.t." magazine, and jackie kellens. thank you for being here. they promised, quote, meaningful contributions to stop gun violence but in a press conference in which the organization took no questions, the executive vice president and ceo wayne lapier's only contribution was his call for armed guards inside all of the nation's schools. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. and to do it now to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in january. >> for 30 minutes lapierre went on a tread that was steadfast, unyielded and trying to blame violence on the insane monster that is pop late our society. but it turned into a glimpse inside the mind of the man who makes the nra, the lobbying arm of the firearms industry, tick. it was easily the most riveting, chilling and revealing spectacle that i have witnessed.
Dec 1, 2012 5:00am PST
right now in washington, and i was cheered to see the president's opening bid, but the consensus in washington is that we have to come up with a grand bargain, dot dot dot we have to do something with entitlements. this is the big thing. something about entitlements. i just don't understand why that's the case. the reason i don't understand why that's the case is the big problem is the rate of growth of health care costs. i think we can all agree on that, right? >> yes. >> now medicare -- the rate of growth in medicare is significantly lower than the rate of growth of health care costs in the private sector. it's doing a better job of controlling cost relative to the private sector. then we just passed a huge bill that was incredibly contentious, which is called the affordable care act. the vast majority of the legislative language of which is about controlling costs in health care over the future. so it seems to me like the reasonable thing to do is to wait four years, five years, implement the bill and see if the cost control measures that have been put it in place, fought abou
Dec 16, 2012 5:00am PST
at issues like this and we can't come together as a nation, we need to check who we're sending to washington. wore who we ought to be bringing home. issues like this ought to be just straight forward. there are great organizations out there and one is men stopping violence, who go to re-educate communities, retrain men who have been on the aggressive side of these issues and women, too. according to statistics. but to say that we don't have the political will as a country, to step forward and protect the least of these, women who have been hit, locked in, beaten, stabbed, shot -- we can't do anything about that? >> peter, you were a police officer in baltimore and one of the things that's always struck me when i've been reporting and i've talked to cops, is how much of being a police officer, a beat cop, is domestic violence calls? >> it might even be the majority of what you do as a police officer. >> it's a outside of clearing drug dealers offcorners it's a huge part. usually when cops show up there's been a fight and basically, cops arrest the winner. it's sort of a law of unintended cons